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Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2013
President Barack Obama's announcement last week of a wide-ranging anti-violence plan in response to the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings comes as many districts are adopting new and sometimes dramatic measures--including arming teachers and volunteers--intended to prevent similar tragedies in their own schools. School safety experts warn…
Descriptors: United States History, Elementary Secondary Education, School Safety, Weapons
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
Given the flexibility to revise their academic goals under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, a vast majority of the states that received federal waivers are setting different expectations for different subgroups of students, an "Education Week" analysis shows. That marks a dramatic shift in policy and philosophy from the original law.…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, Goal Orientation, Expectation
Tomassini, Jason – Education Week, 2012
During the first-ever Digital Learning Day, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Commission chief Julius Genachowski unveiled an ambitious plan earlier this year to get schools to switch from print to digital textbooks by 2017. Dubbed the Digital Textbook Playbook, it's a recommendation for how schools could transform…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Electronic Publishing, Cost Effectiveness, Technology Integration
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
Creating private school vouchers for special education students--programs that are largely unchallenged in court, unlike other publicly financed tuition vouchers--can be the perfect way to clear a path for other students to get school options, according to school choice proponents. At least seven states--Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio,…
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Private Schools, Disabilities, Special Education
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2012
On an Election Day filled with dozens of state races and ballot measures with big implications for the nation's public schools, state teachers' unions and charter school champions had plenty to cheer in the aftermath, even as tax measures that would help pay for schools suffered setbacks in some places. Union efforts were instrumental in…
Descriptors: Elections, Federal Government, State Government, Unions
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2011
School after school in the Phoenix area has a banner hanging on the side of the building: iTeachAZ. It is shorthand for Arizona State University's new flagship undergraduate teacher education program, which integrates several high-profile--and hotly debated--reforms to teacher preparation today. Under the program, which debuted formally this…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Education Majors, Undergraduate Study, Teacher Education Programs
Barshay, Jill – Education Week, 2011
Computer-based instruction in kindergarten classrooms can be controversial, but one Los Angeles charter school is showing promising results and plans to expand the hybrid approach. The school conducted an experiment with a teaching method called blended learning, in which students learn from computers as well as teachers. The kindergarten…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Charter Schools, Kindergarten, Young Children
Anderson, Michelle D. – Education Week, 2011
Monarch School is a San Diego-based public K-12 institution that exclusively serves homeless students. Begun by the San Diego County Office of Education as a drop-in center for homeless high school students, the 170-student school is now a public-private partnership between the San Diego school board and the nonprofit Monarch School Project. The…
Descriptors: Special Schools, Homeless People, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2011
In a bid to help more students read proficiently in 3rd grade--a skill considered critical to their future educational success--new laws and initiatives springing up around the country require educators to step up their efforts to identify and help struggling readers even before they enter kindergarten. It's not unusual for states or school…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Primary Education, Preschool Education, Grade 3
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2010
The author reports on a review of state policies by researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, which raises questions about the validity of the use of home-language surveys as a step to identify students eligible for special help in learning English. While it's ubiquitous in schools across the country, the practice of educators'…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Validity, Federal Government, Politics of Education
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2010
The recent high-profile data-confidentiality fights in Arizona and Los Angeles have researchers worried that access to educators may become a difficult path. In the course of a decadelong federal lawsuit over English-language-learner programs in Arizona, lawyers for state schools chief Tom Horne subpoenaed the raw data from three studies…
Descriptors: Confidentiality, Researchers, Statistics, English (Second Language)
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2010
In the midst of an attempt by Arizona's legislature and top education official to shut down ethnic-studies courses in the Tucson Unified School District, students at Tucson High Magnet School are flocking to the courses this school year. School district officials say enrollment in Mexican-American studies in Tucson Unified's 14 high schools has…
Descriptors: Ethnic Studies, Public Schools, State Legislation, School Districts
Walsh, Mark – Education Week, 2010
Arizona's variation on government vouchers for religious schools and California's prohibition on the sale of violent video games to minors present the top two cases with implications for education in the U.S. Supreme Court term that formally begins Oct. 4. New Justice Elena Kagan brings to the court extensive education policy experience as a…
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Video Games, Court Litigation, Federal Courts
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2010
In an election year dominated by the pitched battle for Congress and major governors' races, state ballot measures involving education are largely tied to a similar theme: the burden of funding K-12 programs when state finances are shaky. In some cases, initiatives, constitutional amendments, and other ballot measures seek to tap new sources of…
Descriptors: Taxes, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Finance, Fiscal Capacity
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2010
With effective teaching a top policy priority, certain school districts, the federal government, and nonprofit groups are renewing efforts to pilot and study strategies for pairing effective teachers with students in low-performing, high-poverty schools. The results could offer clues about how to rectify an imbalance in the distribution of the…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Distribution, Academic Achievement
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